Nutella French Toast Recipe

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To make a good french toast, you fundamentally need three things; Eggs, Milk & Brioche. But to make an excellent, mind-boggling one, you need the addition of Nutella. Those are just the rules of the universe. This is my easy Nutella French Toast Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 Tsp. Castor Sugar
  • Nutella
  • Brioche Bread (Sliced)
  • Maple Syrup (Optional)
  • Berries of your choice
  • Fresh whipped cream
  • Butter

Start by adding milk and eggs in a bowl. Whisk them together. Add vanilla and castor sugar, whisk further. Take a slice of brioche bread and add a good smear of Nutella. Take another slice to sandwich with the first one. Soak in the eggs/milk custard for 30 seconds. Heat a pan with a shot of butter. Add the french toast and cook until all sides caramelise.

Now for plating, stack up the french toast with some berries. Add maple syrup and a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Dust with icing sugar and Ta-Da!

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Recipe

DSCF9583Food has this quality of belongingness. It has a past, it has an identity and above all it has a story. This recipe has a personal resonance with my past, with my dear grandma and it doesn’t get more special than this. She was the queen of cooking in my family, unfortunately, I haven’t ever experienced this first hand, but her skills were passed on to my mom and her sisters and by some kind miracle, some of that aesthetic came in my cooking too. This was my first attempt at making this cult Sindhi Household recipe and I’m pretty pleased with the results. Continue reading Recipe

Okku Restaurant Review

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Lobster Salad

They say chivalry is dead, but you’d find a rare breed of extremely lovely staff at Okku that’ll prove you wrong. The ambience at this fine dining dream is subtly lit with an amber-bronze tenor adornment; you walk into an elegant setting, reminiscent of Nobu, yet one that bears its own flair. Okku is a favorable night-spot if you’re into good Japanese food with great setting. Continue reading Okku Restaurant Review

BLOGMAS 15: DIY Hot Chocolate Mix + Recipe

What is Christmas without chocolate? Nothing, really. For me, no celebration is complete without the inclusion of this dark, decadent, naughty delight (and yes, I can describe chocolate in any number of adjectives!).

I’ve been looking at these adorable tutorials on Pinterest to make DIY Hot Chocolate Mix in Mason Jars and really wanted to give them a shot for a dear friend and here’s how it went!

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Things you’ll need:

  • 1 Pack of TESCO Salted Caramel Drinking Chocolate (ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!) 
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Mini Christmas Cards
  • A festive ribbon
  • Mason jar

And it’s all very simple after that, pile on the hot cocoa mix in the mason jar and add a layer of marshmallows. If your hot cocoa doesn’t have sugar, you can just add a layer in the beginning which will give a cool three layer effect.

Tie the festive ribbon around the rim of the jar and add a card to write your greetings.

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Recipe:

Measure the cup you’re going to use to pour the hot chocolate into. Fill it with full-fat milk around 3/4th of the way. Now pour the milk in a bowl and bring it to a boil.

I’d say you will need a tablespoon of the Drinking Chocolate but feel free to amend it to your taste. I also added a tsp. of Vanilla extract and Cinnamon.

Pour in your festive mug and fill it up with Marshmallows!

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Happy times!

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BLOGMAS 7 – Christmas Chewy Chocolate Brownies

When I think of brownies, I think of the ooey-goey texture with a decadent, in fact all-consuming chocolate flavour and a few textural additions. This is on point with the Christmas feeling (and flavour) and will be a welcome switch over from Christmas pudding this year.

Here’s the recipe, do try out and let me know how it goes. DSCF9720 Continue reading BLOGMAS 7 – Christmas Chewy Chocolate Brownies

Two things to do with – Tomatoes

I don’t enjoy much about summer, but cooking is definitely one of the things I do love. The produce and the flavours are just so light and perfect. One of the products I enjoy cooking with is tomatoes.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – BORING. No, not really. Tomatoes are a very flat flavour but there are so many types and techniques to work with it that makes the process very exciting! Here are my two favourite ways to cook with them. Continue reading Two things to do with – Tomatoes

Cookie Charades – Chocolate Orange-Cinnamon Cookies

DSCF7016Okay, so I baked a no-fuss, no-burned-down-my-house cookies. I baked and it was super successful. I was happy and so were my work-mates, for whom I prepared home-made gifts. I think these are more personal presents and show I care. You could say, so does store bought perfume, but, we would argue for hours and you’ll lose, so let’s stick to my way.

Anyways, as you can tell, my sarcasm is brimming today, I shall try to be quiet and move on to the recipe. Which is:

 

Ingredients (makes 24-26)

1 Cup Softened Butter

2 Cups Castor Sugar (You can replace a cup for Brown or Muscovado Sugar if you enjoy the molasses texture and flavor, I didn’t have any on hand)

2 Eggs

3 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 tsp. Baking Soda mixed with 2 tsp. water

1 tsp. salt

2 cups chocolate chips (I used the Hershey’s one)

Orange zests from 2 large oranges

3 tsp. cinnamon

Recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the zest and cinnamon. Dissolve baking soda in water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour and chocolate. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

Some key learnings:

– The ten minutes and temperatures can be adjusted to your oven as the key is to attain brown bottom on the cookie not a tad bit darker.

– Feel free to substitute flavors with the chocolate chips to chili, macadamia or peanut butter or coffee!

 

After I was done with an afternoon of baking, I packed them in Mason Jars to give away as Eid Sweets. Not traditional, but wth!

 

Eid Mubarak, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eatalian paradise

For any foodie, texture is the key. And that is where Eataly is on point. From all the made-up Italian food thrown our way (Which I love and enjoy from time to time), this one brings back an essential principle of this cuisine i.e. an ode to fresh produce cooked with key flavors un-crowded by anything extraterrestrial. I love the flair of the menu, the simplicity in presentation and most importantly the simplistic ambience.

I got to begin with the fact that my experience at Eataly was well awaited that day. So when my friend Lev and I got there we were hungry, really hungry. Greeted with some a hefty Iftar crowd and a pleasant staff, we ordered. There were a few bumps on the road with the staff but they came through very well and that was quite lovely.

And here’s what we ordered:
– Mozarella In Carrozza
– Burrato E Rucola
– Margerita
– Branzino Al Forno
– Nutella Crepes Continue reading Eatalian paradise

Dining at Vogue Cafe

I’m a bit of a cafe hoarder. Strong coffee and delicious accompaniments always have me coming back for more. So how could I say no to experiencing Vogue Cafe again, this time for dinner. Here’s the thing about Vogue Cafe, it’s fashionable (Duh!), it is located at a very fancy spot (amidst Level Shoe District!) and has some really good drinks and dishes. Without any further delay, let’s get into business, shall we?

What we ordered: 

  • Berry Blast
  • Zaatar Crusted Chicken Strips with Pomegranate Dip.
  • Shrimp and Lobster Spring Rolls with Lime, Soy and Ginger Sambal
  • Grilled Organic Salmon, Broccolini, Stuffed Gnocchi, Cherry Tomatoes and Tarragon Vinaigrette
  • Corn Fed Chicken Breast filled with Ricotta Cheese served with Wilted Spinach and new potatoes
  • Pistaccio Creme Brule with Honey Madeleine
  • Hot Chocolate Pudding with Cherry Hibiscus Sorbet

DSCF6080 DSCF6077 DSCF6075 DSCF6074 DSCF6072 DSCF6068My favorite bit of this experience was the Hot Chocolate Pudding with Cherry Hibiscus Sorbet. Loved the idea of hibiscus sorbet and it did deliver in the perfect counterbalance to a decadent pudding. The starters were both lovely. But, if I had to change anything that would be the dressing for Shrimp and Lobster, it just did not float my boat.

 

The main courses were both lovely (Don’t worry the other one was all for my friend, I did not just have two main courses!) The meats were cooked to perfection and to be honest, this was good cafe food. Certainly, these dishes are not the most innovative, they are safe, they are delicious, and I’m okay with that. Good food, good company and great service – I’d highly recommend this for a fashionable escapade with your girl friends. If you would like to read my previous review, here you go – http://amplearabia.com/2014/02/01/where-fashion-and-food-collide/

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Ramadan Recipe – Shakshuka

Personally, simple food, cooked well, it always has the IT factor. This recipe is something like that. There might be different variations in different parts of the world (Eggs in Purgatory for example), Shakshuka is a well loved dish in this part of the world. Usually, a breakfast favorite, I prefer it ‘anytime I’m hungry and aching for quick food’ delight.

I hope you enjoy my take, I guess the only difference in my recipe is the vine tomatoes, adding a plump texture in the bite as well as the additions of black salt and all-spice. I love when Shakshuka has a spicy kick and if you’re anything like me, this one’s for you. Continue reading Ramadan Recipe – Shakshuka